There are growing indications that the attempts by the British prime minister Theresa May to finalise what she hoped to present as a pragmatic solution to the Irish border crisis during her Brexit negotiations are on the point of collapse.
ALL those associated with the various stages of the disastrous Brexit campaign, particularly its supporters in the DUP, would do well to reflect on the ultimate fate of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).
The fact that the leaders of the Protestant churches in Ireland have urged Pope Francis to visit the north this summer must be regarded as a positive and helpful intervention that demonstrates the broad support that exists for such a trip.
The massive search for the former champion boxer Paul Conlon, since he was seen entering the River Lagan close to the centre of Belfast nine weeks ago on one of the coldest nights of the year, could only have placed his relatives and friends under huge strain.
The fact that medical authorities are sufficiently concerned about the work of a senior doctor to order a recall of patients is a serious development which will cause considerable anxiety to hundreds of people.
It is alarming that, more than two months before the July 12 loyalist celebrations, serious issues have already arisen over attempts to build an illegal bonfire beside one of Belfast's main arterial routes.
While the Good Friday Agreement has led to a sharp decline in the number of terror-related murders in Northern Ireland, it is profoundly depressing that paramilitary groups are still in existence and continue to carry out appalling acts of violence.